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Header image for article At the Bench: ARRI SkyPanel Firmware 4

At the Bench: ARRI SkyPanel Firmware 4

Recently, I had the opportunity to test some of the new features of the version 4 firmware for ARRI SkyPanels. In the first video, I take a look at the four new lighting effects, which include Explosion, Fluorescent Flicker, Process, and Welding. This now brings the SkyPanels to seventeen pre-programmed lighting effects, an amazing amount of options in one light source.

All of these effects can be used in any of the color section modes (i.e. CCT, GEL, H SI, source matching, etc.), allowing for complete control of the color of the effect. I also test the different parameters of each effect to demonstrate the ways in which you can customize it to create the scene.

In the second video, I demonstrate the new extended color control released with version 4. In this mode, you can select any color to begin and then have a total of eight parameters to push and pull that color in the direction you want around the spectrum. These parameters are Warm and Cool, Saturate and Desaturate, +/- Red, +/- Green, +/- Blue, +/- Cyan, +/- Magenta, and +/- Yellow. Intuitive controls allow you to achieve the color you want on set.

These are just two of the ten new features in version 4, which once again expands the capabilities and customizable options of the ARRI SkyPanels. Check it out for yourself by downloading the version 4 firmware.

Megan Donnelly
Director of Production Services, AbelCine

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